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Old 18th of April 2010 (Sun)   #1
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i am fond of learning photography, so I started with getting the DSLR Canon EOS 500D , and read alot of articles about photography , but my shots still not professional, and I guess I need to take online courses , can any body help telling me where can I found the best online courses for photography

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Old 18th of April 2010 (Sun)   #2
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What seems to be the issues you encounter?

Focus? Exposure? Composure?
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Old 18th of April 2010 (Sun)   #3
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Thank you Josepi for your replay , i guess The focusing is ok, i just can't deal with Exposure well .
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I recommend the Peterson book "Understanding Exposure" not because it's a fantastic book, but for a beginner, it goes through the parts of good exposure like a tutorial. You learn one setting at a time and it is very helpful. If you really want to learn, find someone to shoot with, a buddy. That's how I learn and it's great to meet POTN friends in person. Where are you located? Here in VA, there are tons of us and we get together periodically.
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Hi SuzyView
Thank you for your replay , actually i am living in Cairo, Egypt . and i don't have any friend around me who is interested in learning photography . That is why i am asking about any useful online courses .what do you think about the online courses ? or do you recommend reading and shooting till my shots gets better ?
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If you don't have any direction, you won't get anywhere fast. So, my advice is to order the book from some place like Amazon.com and learn from it. A book you can take along with you. An on-line course, you're stuck next to your camera inside. Also, the best way to start is taking pictures outdoors so light is not a problem.
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Understanding Exposure helped me a huge amount when I picked up the camera. It is a great way to force you out of the comfort (and considerable limitations) of Auto.

I would agree with Suzie, online is probably not the best way for a very hands on hobby.

Above all, be aware of your shots and be a realistic critic on your own work. Think of why you are taking a shot,what you are shooting (composition) and how best to shoot it (camera settings).

Learning is a long process (you should never stop) so enjoy the process and the "EUREKA" moments that you will have.
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Thank you neilwood32 for your useful advices , i think suzy is right . if i did not have any direction i won't get anywhere fast. may be it is the best way to start with ordering the book and take some shots outside , and i will upload my shots for you guys to see and comment about it .
Thank you guys for your great help .
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yeah that book is really great...get it, and take the book, your manual, and your camera out, and practice/experiment...but also posting pictures here, and asking questions can really help you improve as well
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Thank you DreDaze , sure i will post my pictures and see the comments , as i am sure it will help me to improve
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I'm going against the grain and report that I didn't get much from Peterson's book. Admittedly I don't learn anything from books. I learn from hands-on experience.

Photography is subjective. It is a journey. It is very rare that you get to a level that you're happy with immediately.

Shoot more. Post them up for critique. Be open to comments but also develop your own sense of photography. Don't give up.

I fell into a rut for a period of a few months and didn't touch my gear. I suppose I was feeling abit lazy when it came to processing all the photos in LR. Only when asked to shoot a particular event for work did I regain my interest and pick up my camera.
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Thank you Josepi for your replay , i guess The focusing is ok, i just can't deal with Exposure well .
I shoot a lot of cars that have chrome that will throw off the meter, so I use this to be sure that the bright areas "at the right" are the bright areas I want to keep, & I can measure Incident light in much the same way as hand held meter does it:
Need an exposure crutch?

Try using manual. For a good starting point, first set the f-stop OR shutter speed you need for the effect you want. Then the other parameter: shutter speed or f-stop. Then adjust the ISO.

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Hello,
read alot of articles about photography , but my shots still not professional
I think it takes a lot more than reading some articles to get "professional" shots. I think actually shooting for years and years might be a better path to go down
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I agree with egordon99, reading will only take you so far. You need to gain hands-on experience and over time you'll progress.
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